Drought tips: 15 easy ways to save water now

Some really helpful tips for saving water from SF Gate.

  1. When washing dishes by hand, don’t let the water run. Fill one basin with wash water and the other with rinse water.
  2. Water your garden early in the morning or in the evening when the weather is cooler. This saves 25 gallons each time.
  3. Opt for a garden of drought-tolerant plants, like these colorful potted cacti.
  4. Use a broom to clean driveways, sidewalks and patios. Doing so saves 8-18 gallons per minute.
  5. Full loads of laundry only, folks. Your pants can wait until they’ve got a full company of dirty laundry buddies.
  6. Soak dirty pots and pans instead of running the water while you scrape them clean.
  7. Wash your car with a bucket, sponge, and hose with self-closing nozzle. It saves 8-18 gallons per minute.
  8. Mulch your trees and plants to reduce evaporation and keep the soil cool. This step saves 20-30 gallons each time you water (per 1,000 sq. ft.).
  9. Taking a five-minute shower instead of a 10-minute shower saves 25 gallons. So cut back on the singing, Mohawk Guy.
  10. Cook food in as little water as possible.
  11. Don’t let the water drain away when you’re rinsing fruits and veggies. Collect it in a bowl and use to water your houseplants.
  12. Dishwashers typically use less water than washing dishes by hand.
  13. Don’t run the water while brushing your teeth or shaving. You’ll save 10 gallons a day.
  14. Turn off the faucet while you’re sudsing your hands.
  15. Put food coloring in your toilet tank. If it seeps into the bowl without flushing, you’ve got a leak. A quick fix will save water.
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